A dip in your hot tub can be a great way to wash away the stresses and worries of the day, but your me-time can easily be ruined by an unwelcome visit from a potentially painful wasp or bee colony. Such insects are frequent outdoor hot tub visitors because you practically built an easy access watering hole for them.
While you may be tempted to look for their nest/hive and kill these insects, remember that they do the environment plenty of good, so instead of killing them, it’s best to simply implement measures that keep them away from your tub. Fortunately, there are plenty of these. Here’s how you can keep your hot tub all to yourself and free from nature’s stinging friends.
Deploy decoy nests – hanging fake wasp’s nests around your house can convince visiting wasps to leave your property, as these insects are very territorial and do not want to live near other wasp colonies.
Use raw meat – wasps are carnivorous. Attract them with raw meat and draw them away from your home. Keep feeding them until they move closer to the meat and away from your home.
Use plants that bees avoid – bees hate lemongrass and mint. Use these plants in your landscaping for the time being until you drive the bees away.
Surround your pool with dry sheets – while clean dry sheets are refreshing to behold for people, bees abhor them. Place dry sheets around your tub or use them as doilies for other outdoor features. Just be sure to change them once a week to keep them effective.